Press Release of the 96th Auction on November 18, 2017
They will always be highly sought after collector's pieces: the tourbillons of supreme quality like those Auctioneers Dr. Crott presented during their autumn auction all found their buyers for prices that corresponded to their exclusivity. Standing out from the others were the tourbillon with three bridges by Girard Perregaux for 105,400 euros [lot no. 457] and two exquisite tourbillons by James C. Pellaton for 62,000 euros  and 58,300 euros .
The preview already indicated the great interest in this auction - the many participants from both the German and the international market made sure that there were no free places left in the auction room by the time the auction was about to kick off on Saturday.
Many precision timepieces found new homes: an extremely rare long duration regulator with worm-screw train by Jarossay & Cie.  for 39,700 euros and an important ship's chronometer by John Arnold & Son  that sold to the highest bidder for 55,800 euros.
Now for the more modern pieces - a remarkable 65,800 euros were fetched by a Patek Philippe Nautilus „Jumbo"  after an extended bidding contest between the collectors in the room, on the telephone as well as a number of written bids!
A 1960s Rolex wristwatch changed owners for 36,000 euros – „Oyster Perpetual 200m=660ft Submariner" . Almost as new was a „Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner 1000ft/300m" , a „Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Winner" in a striking case that went for 31,000 euros.
Knocked down for high sums were two wristwatches by Lange & Söhne. A „Zeitwerk" with digital display  - one of the late entries that were not listed in the catalogue - fetched 39,000 euros.
Another collector was happy to purchase a fine Tourbillon „Pour le Mérite"  for the proud sum of 115,000 euros.
Amongst the highlights of the auction were the exquisite pieces selected from one of the most exclusive private collections in Europe that have now come back on the market after 30 years.
A pendant watch in the shape of a tulip by Jean Il Rousseau  was sold for 99,200 euros and a gold and enamel pocket watch by Vaucher à Fleurier  for 60,800 euros; another pendant watch by Sudre à Bordeaux  fetched 25,500 euros.
Excellent results were achieved for some Geneva automatons - lot 57, „The Falconer", was sold for 47,200 euros, lot 75, Bouvier Frères for 49,600 euros.
The high point of the collection was a „Montre Médallion de Souscription à Tact à Diamant", by Abraham Louis Breguet  that found its new home in the Far East for 248,000 euros.
A remarkable pocket watch from different provenance went to a Swiss watch museum: a gold and enamel watch by Bazile-Charles Le Roy  with a striking acrostic message „Heures d‘Amour" was purchased for 59,600 euros.
A heavyweight in the true sense of the word was lot no. 4 - an ornamental carriage clock attributed to Carl Gutbub was knocked down for 37,200 euros. Other carriage clocks also fetched high prices such as a timepiece by William Carpenter  with 45,900 euros and one by Markwick Markham  with 49.600 euros.
The pocket watches included two more tourbillons by Girard Perregaux (lot no. 450 for 44,700 euros and lot no. 456 for 50,400 euros) and a carousel watch by Lange & Söhne  for 50.900 euros.
A remarkable, historically important night clock by Petrus Thomas Campanus  fetched 20,500 euros, a travel clock by Breguet  sold for 29,300 euros.
A fine ornamental pendulum clock with planetarium and armillary sphere by Martinengo  found its new owner for the sum of 54,600 euros.
And finally a particularly striking piece by Patek Philippe: a cloisonné enamel table clock „Perroquets" (Parrots)  immediately conquered the heart of an Asian client and found its home for 186,000 euros.
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May 12, 2018